The site of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando will become a permanent memorial and museum.
The plan was announced by Barbara Poma, the owner of the nightclub and executive director of the onePULSE Foundation, a non-profit created to raise funds for survivors and victims’ families.
Forty-nine were killed at the site of the popular gay club when a gunman opened fire in June last year.
The museum would “showcase historic artifacts and stories from the event” and members of the community, including survivors and the families of victims, will be consulted on how the memorial will look.
“The community most impacted by this horrible event in our history should determine the future of the Pulse site and how their loved ones and the events of that day should be memorialized,” Poma told reporters.
“This must and will be a healing initiative, one that I believe will inspire supporters who share our vision and understand the sacred responsibility to which we have been entrusted.”
She said she was “awestruck by how many people have stepped up and committed their hearts” to the project and her hope “is that this memorial process will show that hate will not win”.